City of Residence: Mississauga
Larysa is currently attending McMaster University, where she is currently working on finishing her Honours degree in Life Sciences. Her passion for human health has led her to research paediatric medicine with Sick Kids’ research group – TARGet Kids! Larysa is also very active in both the Ukrainian and campus communities. On campus, she is part of several club executive committees, including SURGE. Her love for her Ukrainian culture has led to her becoming Vice President of the McMaster Ukrainian Students’ Association. Outside of school, she is involved in multiple Ukrainian organizations. Most distinctively, she is the program co-ordinator of the Mississauga Branch of the Ukrainian Youth Association (CYM), where she organizes weekly meetings for children aged 6-17 under the slogan “God and Ukraine,” yearly leadership seminars, and cultural concerts for the kids. Larysa loves seeing the Ukrainian culture flourish and created the first CYM National Youth Jamboree in Canada (Zlet Canada) in 2017, which continues being a popular annual event across Canada. Larysa is a member of Ukraina School of Dance, where she both dances and teaches younger students. She is a dedicated member of the Ukrainian Canadian community and will continue to be involved in future years to come.